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Tips to take care of skin after swimming

Swimming is known to be one of the best exercises and is fun to do. A good and experienced swimmer knows how to deal with skin both before and after swimming but for a fresher, it can be a bit new. Though, swimming can tone your body and also release happy hormones to keep you going for the day but at the same time, your skin is something that suffers the most as chlorine in the water is harmful for your skin. Regular exposure to chlorine can make your skin dry and moisture lost excessively. Therefore, it is advised to pay attention towards a few recommended skin care tips after swimming:

  • Take a shower with lukewarm water and mild soap as this will help you get rid of the chlorine in your skin.
  • Apply loads of moisture on your skin after you bath so that most of the moisture can be absorbed and your skin feels healthy and fresh. Applying a waterproof sunscreen is also advised before you dip in for swimming.
  • Protect your skin and avoid spending too much time in or around the pool if you think you are not sufficiently protected by sunscreens.
  • Drink lots of water to keep yourself hydrated throughout because it is easy to become dehydrated when you spend too much time active in the sun. Staying hydrated will not only help your body flush out contaminants but in fact, a swimmer should drink 17 to 20 ounces of water before and after practising swimming according to the doctors recommendations. At least eight glasses of water a day is an essential requirement of a swimmer’s body.
  • Banana is an excellent cleanser. You can also apply a banana pack to reduce the dark patches and spots around your neck, arms, legs and face.
  • Sunburns can be prevented by applying SPF 15 or higher after swimming. Cover up yourself with lose clothing and hat when you are out as the skin tends to get darker after swimming and it might even cause itching to some extent. Sunburns can usually be protected by cold water. A cold water shower can relive you to some extent but make sure to use a gentle soap and moisturising creams after bath so that it doesn’t gives harsh effects to your skin.
  • Eat a lot of protein rich food and increase your fluid intake. Fresh fruits and green vegetables are more suitable during summer and winter times both.